November 18, 2009 weblog
iPhone Software That Controls Robot Movements (w/ Video)
By using the touchscreen on an iPhone or Ipod, an intuitive interface can control robot movements using more natural gestures. By using a walking motion with your index and middle finger will get the robot to walk. Tapping the screen will make the robot jump up and down while flicking a finger will make the robot kick.
Using natural gestures to control a robot's movements eliminates the need to learn controller commands that are associated with joysticks, paddles, and buttons. Using natural movements on a touchscreen makes it easier for anyone to pick up iPhone or iPod and start controlling a robot. Think of it as a universal remote control except there is no programming involved.
The research team at Keio University is also considering using the software for controlling digital characters like on-screen avatars in video games; however for now the software is well-matched for bipedal robots.
The software will not be available for this Holiday Season but will debut in December at SIGGRAPH Asia in Yokohama.